Faulty Arguments Against Veganism, Part 1
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If you are vegan or vegetarian, you’ve probably heard these arguments at least a few times–but more likely, you’ve been beaten over the head with them repeatedly to the point of insanity. The best part about these oh-so-common arguments against veganism is that they are easily refutable. Over the next few blog posts, I’ll be giving fun examples I collected from around the web.
Argument: “I don’t think there are enough resources on the earth if everybody decides to go vegetarian/vegan. so I am happy other people eat meat actually.”
Response: It’s more like the opposite:
- “It takes 2 1/2 pounds of grains to create a pound of chicken, 6 1/2 pounds to get a pound of pork, and 7 pounds to get a pound of beef. (Ephraim Liebtag, “Corn Prices Near Record High, but What About Food Costs?”, February 2008)
- Additionally, while the average vegetarian uses 1000-2000 litres of water a day, the average meat-eater uses up about 5000 litres. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2004/aug/23/water.famine)
- Beef uses up 16 times more fossil fuel energy and generates 24 times the Carbon Dioxide than an calorically-equivalent meal of rice and veggies. (Gidon Eshel, Bard College, Pamela A. Martin, Univ. of Chicago)
And so actually, we’d be using far less resources (and saving the environment) if more people were to go vegan.
Stay tuned for part 2!